SALEM, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis wrapped up the program's second-ever Little East Conference Regular Season Title Thursday afternoon, with a 7-2 win over host Salem State University.
UMass Boston 7, Salem State 2
(UMass Boston 8-7, Little East 5-0)
(Salem State 3-10, Little East 2-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Needing one win in their final two matches to clinch the LEC Regular Season Title, UMass Boston jumped out to a 3-0 lead and cruised to their fifth win in five LEC matches. With the win, UMass Boston wrapped up the #1 seed in the LEC Tournament-which begins next Tuesday.
UMass Boston started the day with a huge leg up, as Salem State had just four available players for Thursday's match.
With Salem State forfeiting the third doubles match, UMass Boston quickly doubled their lead with a win at second doubles. Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.) and Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) earned a dominant 8-2 win over Salem State brothers Noah Hodgkins and Luke Hodgkins.
That clinched the match victory for UMass Boston, as the Vikings were also forced to forfeit at fifth and sixth singles.
Chen got the Vikings on the board at first singles, as he took the first set 6-2 over DeLasse. After falling behind 3-0 in the second set, DeLasse retired to make it 5-1 in favor of UMass Boston..
UMass Boston pushed the lead back to five (6-1) with a victory at fourth singles. Ray Platteel took down N. Hodgkins 6-1, 6-0.
Junior Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India) earned the Beacons' final win of the day at third singles. The junior easily dispatched L. Hodgkins 6-2, 6-2.
In the final and most tightly contested match of the night, Dyer defeated Bhasin at second singles 6-4, 0-6, 10-4 in a third-set super tiebreaker.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The 2016-17 team joins the 2013 team as the only teams in program history to start 5-0 in LEC play, win the LEC Regular Season Title and be the #1 seed in the LEC Tournament.
- With the victory, UMass Boston moved above .500 for the first time all season (8-7) and first time since September 21, 2014, when the Beacons opened their season with a 5-4 win over Salve Regina University.
- UMass Boston has now won at least eight matches in a season in five of the past six seasons. The Beacons had done that just six times in their first 31 years as a program.
- Sharma and Platteel were both playing at their highest singles position all season long. Sharma played at number three singles one time as a sophomore.
- With the win, UMass Boston earned their sixth-straight win over the Vikings and improved to 14-21 all-time against Salem State.
UMass Boston will close out the regular season on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bridgewater State University.